A British civil service union has denounced potential redundancies at Clarence House, the seat of Charles III when he was Prince of Wales. Following reports from The Guardian that up to 100 staff had received a letter informing them of possible redundancies now that the king and queen consort were moving to Buckingham Palace, the PCS union issued a statement calling the movement “nothing short of heartless”.
“We believe the decision to announce redundancies in the Royal Household during the period of national mourning is nothing short of ruthless,” the statement read, alluding to ceremonies underway to honor the late Elizabeth II, who died of death on Thursday. last week.
“Many of these staff will be the same people who have so diligently supported the new King during this time of grief, working extremely hard in recent days to receive redundancy notices as a thank you,” the statement added.
The notice is believed to have arrived on Monday as a service of thanksgiving was held for Elizabeth II at Saint Giles Cathedral (Edinburgh). By then, a group of private secretaries, members of the finance office, communications staff and Clarence House domestic workers had been working overtime for days to achieve a smooth transition.
The Guardian reported that the letter from Sir Clive Alderton, the King’s chief aide, informed the recipients that “the portfolio of work previously undertaken in this household supporting the personal interests, former pursuits and domestic operations of the former Prince of Wales does not will no longer be carried out, and the cleaning […] at Clarence House will be closed.
A few employees of Clarence House worked directly for many years in the service of Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla. But most of the staff worked on the logistics of the day-to-day activities of the Prince of Wales at the time, as well as the management of the Duchy of Cornwall, an area of more than 52,000 hectares encompassing farms, residential areas and commercial properties. that generate significant economic benefits. It all now passes into the hands of Prince William, the new heir apparent, who already has his own working team and now has to decide whether he will move to Clarence House in the coming months.